Staff working in the NHS in Wales are gearing up for one of the busiest times of year.
Winter pressures take a massive toll on the service as more people fall generally ill - exacerbated by the colder weather.
Today the Welsh Government has set out how it has prepared the health service is for this coming winter.
The Health Secretary has today confirmed a £35m fund to ease Winter Pressures.
- £20m package for the NHS and social care partners in Wales for the winter period.
- £5m announced on 17 October to help relieve pressure on critical care units
- £10m announced on 22 October to support sustainable social services this winter.
Vaughan Gething said that Local Health Boards, the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and Local Authorities have been working over recent months to develop and finalise integrated winter plans.
The Health Secretary also emphasised this year’s Choose Well winter campaign.
The campaign places more of a focus on the role of community pharmacists, as these may be closer to people’s homes and often available at more convenient times.
In October Vaughan Gething also launched the annual Beat Flu campaign.
The Beat Flu campaign encourages all those who are eligible for the free flu vaccination to get protected.
A recent survey has revealed that GPs are concerned that pressures on the health service will negatively affect their ability to deliver patient care this winter.
84% of GPs surveyed expressed concern that their workload would negatively affect their ability to deliver patient care this winter.